How and why is deception presented in Act 5, Scene 2 and elsewhere in Othello?

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  • How and why is deception presented in Act 5, Scene 2 and elsewhere in Othello?
    • "What wife? I have no wife!" - pg 122
      • AO1
        • Repeated use of interrogatives and declaratives
        • Desdemona referred to using noun "wife" rather than name
      • AO2
        • Desdemona dehumanised even in death
        • Use of these sentence types shows Othello's further declining mental state
      • AO3
        • Othello deceiving self
        • Othello's inability to see the obvious is still hampering him
    • "...expend with such a snipe but for my sport and profit." - pg. 28
      • AO1
        • Use of sibillance - "snipe, sport" and plosives "profit"
      • AO2
        • "Sport" first - Iago is manipulating Othello for his own enjoyment
      • AO3
        • Soliquy - spoken to audience, reveals true thoughts + sets dramatic irony in motion
    • "Alas my friend and my dear countryman..."
      • AO1
        • Gratiano = "signor" - false respect
        • "I'll bind it with my shirt" - Iago using his own clothing. SELFLESS
        • Use of formal terms, such-as "countryman" indicates comradeship- he was only ever using Roderigo
      • AO2
        • Iago still attempting to present himself as submissive Ancient
      • AO3
        • At this point the audience is waiting for Iago to get his comeuppance
    • "I say it is not lost." - Desdemona on the handerchief
      • AO1
        • Declarative statement; itisn't lost, but is in another's posession
      • AO2
        • Desdemona lying for good purposes (not wanting to make Othello angry, as per her character)
      • AO3
        • Audience sympathise w/ Desdemona and see Othello's decreasing patience - eg "fetch it"


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